A fellow D staffer emailed this morning to report that Dr. Bells BBQ on Main Street has closed. Here’s what we know: it was open on Friday and had padlocked doors today. If there’s a story there, we’ll find it, but the sad bottom line is that that the Downtown lunch crowd has one less option to choose from.4 Comments »
With all this talk of abundance, it’s important to take a moment for a reality check about the state of hunger in Texas today. Not sure if you knew this, but the USDA reported this morning that Texas is the second hungriest state in the nation. This isn’t just sad news given the fast-approaching holiday season; it’s just plain old sad.
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I am on vacation. I vowed I would not use a computer for 10 days. Well, despite the lovely beach, fine food, and great reading I’ve done, I can’t fight my addiction with connecting to the Internet any longer.
Yesterday, I jumped on quickly to learn that Go Fish Ocean Club closed after business on Saturday night. This morning I checked in to find a this comment from Uppercase Matt:
TD’s facebook says: Chef Tiffany Derry: Last nite the owners of Go Fish closed its doors and decided not to tell me nor the staff anything. How do you tell all the guys that has been with you for over 2 years that they no longer have a job.Like a thief in the night they packed everything away and til this point has not called to explain anything to me. It wont hold me down because tomorrow is a new day and God is good all the time, vengeance is the Lord
I spoke with Mike Hogue and John Tesar a couple of weeks ago. Hogue assured me he was dedicated to building several restaurants downtown. I asked him about the prospect of Tesar getting his own restaurant and got a vague answer. I don’t have my notes here, but Hogue basically said he loved working with John and John had done some amazing things at Dallas Chop House and the new concepts without answering my direct question. I got the feeling that Tesar had to open 2 or 3 spots before Hogue would build Tesar his own kitchen.
Tesar told me was no longer corporate culinary director. He said he is a consultant for DRG. I’ve heard several reports of Tesar talking to other restaurant projects in town. The whole situation is a discombobulated mess. Hogue wants to open restaurants; Tesar wants to cook.
However, closing Go Fish Ocean Club without telling chef Tiffany Derry was rude and disrespectful. Maybe it was a good business decision, but Hogue’s method stinks.I understand Hogue can do whatever he wants—it’s his money and his operation. But Derry’s appearance on Top Chef brought national attention to Mike Hogue as a successful restaurateur. Maybe it didn’t bring customers but, at the very least, he should have included her in his plans for Go Fish Ocean Club.8 Comments »
A relative of a D staffer with first-hand knowledge of the goings-on at the newly closed Bella Restaurant & Bar in Uptown let us in on an interesting tidbit: turns out that Bella’s owners not only ceased operations last Thursday night, but also ransacked the place in a dark-of-the-night flee, making off with tables, chairs, walk-in coolers, ovens, and cook tops. Need we also point out that they bailed on their lease?
At least they appropriated some booze from behind the bar on their way out. That should help with any pesky remorse that might pop up.
What? One of Dallas’ favorite front-of-the-house guys is leaving town? Yes, Brian Perry (The Palm, Mansion, Nick & Sam’s, Bailey’s) is headed to Chicago where he will undergo an intense 3 months of training for his new job at Morton’s, The Steakhouse. The good news is that the Morton’s he will be running will be the new location in Dallas.2 Comments »
Stating Dec. 3, Bijoux sommelier and owner Gina Gottlich will begin a series of monthly wine education classes from 7 to 8 pm at Bijoux’s Lovers Ln. location. In the inaugural class, Gina will showcase Syrahs from California, France, and Australia paired with canapes, compliments of Gottlich’s husband and partner, Chef Scott Gottlich. Individual classes cost $40 and will feature a different wine varietal (paired with canapes) each month.
Head to Meddlesome Moth tonight at 6 pm for the brew-porium’s final tasting (sniff) of 2010. Moth owner “Captain” Keith Schlabs and cicerone Matt Quenette are closing out this year’s tasting season with some pretty exceptional (and limited) beer offerings, artisanal cheeses and cured meats handpicked by Chef Chad Kelley, and a special presentation by Prescott Carter of Duvel Moortgat USA.
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Chow down and shop it up on Henderson Ave. this Wednesday night from 6-9 pm when merchants and restaurants will pair up to host the 19th annual Candlelight Walk on Henderson. Stop by any of the participating retailers to enjoy complimentary finger foods and excellent pre-holiday deals.
When the Discovery channel announced the development of Brew Masters, a new shadow-style reality show following the men behind the malt, specifically the brew-ventures of Dogfish Head Brewery’s brewer-founder Sam Calagione, we jumped for joy (or would have if we hadn’t had so much beer last night).
We thought we couldn’t be happier as we marked our calendars for the Nov. 21 premier.
Flash forward to last Saturday morning when I received an email from my buddy Jeff Fryman, in-house cicerone at The Common Table, who told me that, starting with the premier episode at 9pm on the 21st, The Common Table will be throwing Sunday evening viewing parties.
Happiness officially compounded.
“Hey,” says Jeff, “if people can have Sex in the City parties we damn sure can have one for our favorite beverage, right?”
Be sure to call ahead if you want them to save you a seat. But beware if you’re seated next to one of us; we SideDishers can get a little mouthy, I mean handsy, I mean excitable when we drink.
Consider yourself forewarned.
Last Thursday night I paid an undercover visit to Saint Ann, Uptown’s newest eclectic eatery. Click here to read the review and see the awesome pics…